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Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday. The week of Christmas and New Year's Day critter feeding will be Tuesday (December 24 & 31).

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

Santa will arrive at 10:30 a.m. Cookies and cocoa will be served while they last. Bring a camera to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Trout are catch and release unless child has a trout permit. Fishing for 15 and younger only.

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Then join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Discover how to decorate using native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each person attending (ages 10+; ages 10–16 must be accompanied by a participating adult)
Put away the smartphones, tablets and GPS receivers to learn to navigate through the woods the old school way…and have some real fun! This program will present the basics of topographic maps, a baseplate compass and how to use both tools to travel from point to point. Bring a water bottle and dress for trekking off trail.

Register by December 14

Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

This class covers the basic equipment, materials, and techniques needed to reload ammunition and customize the loads to your firearms. We will demonstrate the process and then give you some hands-on experience reloading ammunition. All equipment and materials are provided.

Register by December 17

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Date: Friday, December 20, 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other Friday.

Register by December 20

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Raccoons are the most popular furbearer trapped in Missouri, with good reason too. They are abundant and relatively easy to catch. Join our team of experienced trappers to learn about raccoon habits and habitats, trapping equipment and techniques, fur handling and more.

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The best time to feed birds is in the winter. Rewarding even for the novice, setting up a feeder will help connect you to the natural world. Join us to learn about different food options and the types of feeders to use. Visitors will have an opportunity to make a pinecone feeder to take home.

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Winter may be here but it’s never too soon to plan for spring! Come join us in learning about how to create a forest in your own back yard. Explore how and why trees are highly desired resources that will put a smile on your face and keep money in your pocket.

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity

Date: Friday, December 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Have you ever found an animal skull or bone while hiking in the woods? There is a lot to learn about an animal by examining its skull or beak. Learn how to tell what an animals eats, where they live and are they predator or prey by examining some basic features of its skull.

Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Join us once again for an end of the year film festival! We are featuring the wonderful fish, forests and wildlife found right here in Missouri. We will also be showing other nature movies and short documentaries throughout the day. Sit back and enjoy these spectacular films.

Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Have you ever found an animal skull or bone while hiking in the woods? There is a lot to learn about an animal by examining its skull or beak. Learn how to tell what an animals eats, where they live and are they predator or prey by examining some basic features of its skull.

Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Register by December 28

Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Learn to clean, store and prepare your winter trout.

We'll clean some trout, then we'll also prepare them for everyone to sample using some favorite and delicious methods.

Dress appropriately for the weather because part of this program will be outside.

Date: Friday, January 3, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other Friday.

Register by January 4

Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Start the new year off right by catching some winter trout!

Start the morning off with a trout fishing lesson in the class room at the Kansas City Regional Conservation Office where we'll learn how to catch and clean trout. Then we'll head down to Honker Pond to try our luck catching some hungry trout.

Dress for the weather but if you get cold while you are fishing you can take a break to warm up by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate.

Only children can fish at Honker Pond but parents and family are welcome to attend.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide all of the equipment, bait, fishing coaches, hot chocolate and a warm fire.

Children do not need a trout permit to fish at this event as long as they plan to release their fish, if they would like to keep the trout that they catch they will need a trout permit.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If bad weather is forcast the day of this event it may be postponed. You will be contacted if any changes are necessary.

Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri River Bird Observatory staff and Burr Oak Woods partner in an on-going project to identify and track the birds that come to our feeders each winter. From the resident chickadees and cardinals to the migrating juncos and sparrows, we capture, apply colored bands and release these fascinating creatures. Once banded and recorded, you will be able to track individual birds through this and future seasons. This program is weather permitting.

Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by January 7

Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Missouri is a winter home to many kinds of waterfowl. Find out how and why some ducks and geese migrate and learn how to identify them by sight and sound. Then become a scientist and discover how the right mix of feathers and oil help them to survive even the coldest winter.

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
How did badgers get their fearless reputation? What is it they do underground anyway? Discover the answers to these questions and more interesting facts about one of Missouri’s elusive burrowers.

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other Friday.

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